This quick post is intended to highlight the power of Twitter as a way to draw a diverse group of passionate educators together around an educational topic.
This morning, just before 9 a.m. a teacher in our district posted the following Tweet:
— trevor prichard (@tprichard29) February 15, 2015
Within seconds educators throughout our District joined the conversation in a wonderful asynchronous learning session that lasted more than an hour.
Asynchronous learning is a student-centered teaching method that uses online learning resources to facilitate information sharing outside the constraints of time and place among a network of people.
This is the beauty of Twitter and other forms of social media. These platforms allow individuals to join in when they want, where they want, and how they want. The reason for sharing this particular conversation is to demonstrate the diversity of individuals who have an interest in the topic of “Play.” This was our group this morning:
Trevor Prichard – High School teacher involved in Long Term Athletic Development
Danielle Dressaire – Grade 1 teacher in a rural school
Sue Miller – Pre-Kindergarten Instructor
Chantelle Napier – Early Learning Lead Teacher
Collin Dillon – High School Math and Physical Education Teacher
Greg Miller – Assistant Superintendent with the District
Tim Bedley – Co-founder of Global School Play Day
I often tell others they are missing out on an amazing professional conversation if they haven’t yet discovered Twitter. Click the Storify link below to see an example of what I’m talking about. You can also follow our District hashtag at #GPCSD.